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The Unofficial Rules for

for saving a parking spot during a snow storm - UPDATED

Winter is upon us and we'd like to take a moment and review the time honored 
Southie tradition of saving parking spots during a snowstorm.

go over the "rules" that were agreed upon by our ancestors:

  1. You can’t put something in your spot until AFTER the snowstorm is over.  I understand how inconvenient it is if you have to go to work or a party or wherever and won’t be back until after all the spots on the streets are claimed and you end up five blocks away from your house - but you can’t “hold” you’re spot until you get back – that’s just bad manners.  It follows the same sentiment as Rule #2
  2. If you did not shovel out your car, you cannot keep the spot.  Self-explanatory, right?  Wrong.   How many times have you seen a somebody drive their car out of a spot without shoveling any snow and put a barrel there? Not cool.  You must shovel.
  3. If you move someone’s space saver and park your car in its place, 
you have no right to complain about what happens to your car.  (Although if someone has prematurely saved a spot - see Rule 1 - you can move it.)
  4. The City allows for space savers up to 48 hours after a storm.
   Be respectful of your neighbors.  Don't be the guy who keeps putting out the spot saver until the spring. Nobody likes that guy.
  5. After the 48 hours are over, the City will pick up any space savers still 
left out.  Seize this opportunity to get rid of anything laying around your 
house you want to get rid of i.e. radiators, foosball tables, mattresses, old televisions, whatever you want to get rid of.  Just put it in your space and the City will haul it off.

We hope this review helps make winter a little more bearable and clears 
up any confusion over spot saving.  Be a good neighbor - take the pledge today (!

Happy shoveling!


SeanB's picture

we need to explain the double parking rule on side streets.For example when I double park on the left side of the street you should also double park on that same side,no need to park 3 feet from your door on opposite side and cause gridlock

Anonymous's picture

Also, no parking on the sidewalk!  Double parking is one thing, but parking on sidewalk on a small side street - not OK.

Kate's picture

Number 1 is paramount!   Love the 'my sister's cousin's nephew is coming to visit'!  That would be E 7th Street... but can't beat #5... I have two big #%!TVs that need to go... try to wait for recycle day, but....

Anon Too's picture


They will will tell you when (within the week) to put on the curb TVs, Monitors, refrigerators, ait conditioners, water coolers, or dehumidifiers for the city to pick up.

But they don't pick up tires from the curb and I've got a couple that need to be thrown out ......


Kate's picture

I agree totally with number one... the ' saving for me sister's best friend's cousin's mother' gets old...that's for E 7th Street.  Though I am looking forward to # 5....Kate

DotRat's picture

Have to confess broke that one. House next to Marion Manor....had to it was 7:00 am shift change, wanted that spot to unload the grceries. Don't feel bad no guilt there over 60 allows for the breach. It's an age thing.


adl's picture

Disagree with rule number 1!  If you've shoveled you get to save long there is at least like 5-6 inches already down.


Rule 4's picture

Rule 4 is for lazy people who like to screw up the process for everyone else.  If everyone obeyed the 48 hr rule, parking would be much more managable.

notayup's picture

this storm was absolutely NOT parking spot saver worthy. If you could drive out of your spot without shoveling (and basically even a toddler on a tricycle could) then you have no claims on the spot. Unwritten rule is a "snow emergency" or at least 10 inches of snow, then sure yea throw a cone/beach chair in that spot. But not for a 6 inch dusting. If someone takes your cone and throws it on the sidewalk too bad, shouldn't have been there in the first place.

?'s picture

And how long have you lived in Southie?

Guy's picture

You can let us know anytime. K thanks.

yuppie's picture

Who cares? Southie is OUR town now, get over it.

SoBoYuppie's picture

The fewer the years one has lived in South Boston the more credibility they have.  It usually means the person has experienced the world outside of 128, has a good education, isn't mad at the world, doesn't do drugs, doesn't break into cars, doesn't rob banks, doesn't assualt ppl...etc

chad willington 's picture

You're a clown. Glad your parents worked hard to get you where you are'll never be excepted here...just a peice of the yuppie puzzle trying to fit in..have a good day chad the yuppie

Kevin's picture

No one wants to shovel and everyone with a car had to. Stupid rules!!! You get no claim to anything because you shoveled.

Miss Southie's picture

If you shoveled the spot you "ABSOLUTLEY" own it for a few days.  Different cars = different sizes.  If you have a Camry and I have a Sienna, how the hell would you like me to get MY car into YOUR spot?  The spaces are custom sized at this point.  If you think these are stupid rules you must be new to the neighborhood.  When you've ived here for 42 years and have been shoveling for most of those years then let me know how you feel about being able to save your space.  If you don't want to abide by the rules then go buy a house in the burbs with a driveway!

Anonymous's picture

This makes absolutely no sense? How can you own a piece of government pavement? No one "owns" rights to any space officially or unofficially unless they have a driveway which they purchased or rent. The whole saving spaces debate is senseless.

Hypocrite-catcher's picture

So you want a guaranteed spot for your work with a shovel? Guess you should take your own advice and head for the 'burbs and its driveways.

Guy's picture

Obviously you're not from Southie. And that's fine. I understand people move here and stuff. But its not just Southie that has the spot savers. If you put in the work to clear a spot then why do you feel it's alright for someone to take the spot you worked hard to clear when that person did not? Wouldn't you feel slighted at work if you did the job but your co-worker got credit. I know that we will agree to disagree on this topic but I felt like I should put in the 2 cents for people that have actually lived here their whole lives.

Mark's picture

You clowns crack me up with the term "Yuppies".  As though anyone with a decent job who moved to the neighborhood is somehow beneath you. BTW - your post makes absolutely no sense.  What does any of this have to do with living here for your whole life? You act like shovelling out a spot is a week's worth of work. You could always get a job and buy a parking spot like I did, but I understand moving out of your parent's house might be a bridge too far.

doubtful#02122's picture

Or having your paretns pay for the spot you "bought" right? doudtful...

SoBoYuppie's picture

Why do life long residents think the parents of all these yuppies bought condos?  If the family had that kind of money they would be living in Back Bay, South End or Beacon Hill.  I guess when you are so low on the socioeconmic ladder (like life long southie residents are) even someone who is middle class appears to be uber rich. 

Ganja Gooball's picture

Noticed a bunch of spot savers moved to the side on East Third Street. Finally, we have a Robinhood of snowstorm parking. Hide your cones, hide chairs. 


OFS's picture

You need to get a life you have been crying about saving parking spots for the last two weeks if you don't like it move this is how thing have been for as long as I remember an parking is going to stay the same for the next life time if you don't like it move to the south end or back to Ipswich no one needs you in are neighborhood.

SoBoYuppie's picture

and dropping out of HS has been a long time Southie tradition.  Should we continue that too?

Anonymous's picture

Are nothing but a bunch of self centered haters and bigots. Read all the comments from the Yups and Newbies. No wonder why you can't get along with your neighbors.

janice's picture

These rules are clear...

If you did not shovel hve no caim to it.....No spot savers until after you shoveled your car out


Anonymous's picture

It's pretty irresponsible for a media outlet to condone vandalism in this day in age.  I would think a better argument would be that people taking spaces may be putting their good neighbor or perhaps an elderly person in a very difficult position with potentially dangerous weather outside.

Shame on Caught in Southie for perpetuating the feeling that damage can be done to personal property because it snows out.

Anonymous's picture

Whether it's a snow emergency or not. I have been going down the streets and kicking out comes and chairs and spot savers! The unfounded arrogance and this "mine,mine,mine" attitude of the "old-timers" is disgusting.

Anonymous's picture

Whether it's a snow emergency or not. I have been going down the streets and kicking out comes and chairs and spot savers! The unfounded arrogance and this "mine,mine,mine" attitude of the "old-timers" is disgusting.

DOT-OFD's picture

A friend of mine just posted on Facebook that he was upset that he spent two hours shoveling out a spot and someone is now parked in it. He left the spot to go to the store and didnt put a chair or a cone or a toaster out to save the spot. He returned a few hours later and he is now upset that someone took the spot and he is watching out the window to identify the perpetrator that took his spot. Is he serious? He says that whoever this person is visiting in the neighborhood should have asked them where they parked and let them know they shouldnt have parked there. REALLY? Is this guy serious? I would love to hear what others think. I think he is CRAZY!

Anonymous's picture savers on the sidewalks?  I've seen spots open but there's what looks like a spot saver on the side of the road, not in the spot.  What's the verdict - safe to park?

Also note that I'm not contributing to this southie-born vs "yuppies" argument because it's ridiculous.  Whether you were born here or you chose to live here, we're all Southie residents, braving the storms and parking wars together.

Anyways, actually looking for opinions on this. Looking forward to responses and hoping my car doesn't get keyed!


Anonymous's picture

My husband didn't save our shoveled out space yesterday when he went to work. Came home to find a chair in the spot. Ironically, the folding chair looked a lot like ours so he thought I saved the space for him...only to realize there was an extra chair on the front porch. Someone in our neighborhood placed a chair in a completely cleaned out spot...bare pavement... that they never even touched. Who does that?!?

annie's picture

Shame on those for putting space savers into spots already shovelled out. How self-centered can you be? This goes for L St and Day Blvd that have been plowed by the city. How can you justify saving a spot when the city plowed it? Any open spot is just that—an open spot for anyone. We need this problem fixed, and one way to start is to have parking garages built in stead of one more condo building.

Johny Harvard's picture

to my neighbor who left his spot with a dusting on the ground this morning, put out a cone, and thought he owned the spot - not so.

I moved the cone and parked there and intend to put the real labor in and shovel once the snow actually hits.

SoBro's picture

What if I spray paint ILY ( I lothe Yuppies) on the cone, batterie, chair, refridgeator box, rash bag, etc? Can Billy Bakers father offer some more dumb ass advice?

Anonymous's picture

being a southie resident all my life. with all going on with people putting cones before a storm and weeks after shoveling,my opinion is no more claiming a spot. if you don't want to lose your spot don't move your car wait tilll spring

Anonymous's picture

Why does it take so long for comments on articles to be posted? I know you are a small operation but I see that you are posting on Twitter so you are on the internet.  Also, it would be helpful it you posted the date/time a comment was made. Universal Hub has a good comment sytem. Take a look. 

Maureen Dahill's picture

I'll look into it!

real douthie's picture

I walk down the street throwing them.this is a southie rule..yuppies and puppies don't count..

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